Uproar over video of Delhi police and others beating protesters near RSS office

The video - showing the brutal crackdown by the Delhi Police - has been shared by one of the protesters.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 2, 2016 3:35 am
Delhi Police, delhi police video, police assaults students, delhi, police video, Rohith Vemula Delhi police, delhi police protest, student protest rss, rss delhi police, delhi police lathi charge, The video, shot on January 30, shows police officers and men in plain clothes beating protesters at Jhandewalan.

A video that shows Delhi Police officers beating students, who were protesting outside the RSS headquarters in Jhandewalan over Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide, has sparked outrage in the capital.

The one-minute, nine-second video shot on January 30 shows police officers and men in civilian clothes beating up protesters and a police constable roughing up a woman demonstrator. Police commissioner B S Bassi said the matter is under investigation.

According to police, the two men in civilian clothes, who are seen assaulting protesters, were not part of the police force. “We have seen the footage and are trying to source more. The two men in civilian clothes are not part of Delhi Police,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Parmaditya.

Watch Video: Police assault students

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that Delhi Police was being used as a “private army”.

“Delhi police is being used by BJP/RSS as their private army to terrorise and teach anyone opposing the BJP/RSS a lesson. I strongly condemn the attack on students,” Kejriwal said on Twitter.

While the Congress called it a “brutal assault” by police on a group of “unarmed protesters” and demanded action against the policemen, the Delhi Commission for Women sent a notice to Delhi Police. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Twitter, “Shocking attack on students. Instead of listening to them, now the Modi govt is brutally beating them up for protesting against the RSS!”

Watch the video here

Two journalists, covering the January 30 protest, also alleged they were beaten up. Rahul M, a journalist working with Caravan Magazine, said, “I had gone to cover the protest. While the students were marching peacefully towards the RSS office, policemen starting beating them up.

One of the policemen — he appeared to be a sub-inspector — came to me, snatched my camera and banged it on the road. Some other policemen joined him and attacked me with sticks. I kept telling them I am a journalist but they kept beating me up.”

Here is what Rahul shared on his Facebook page

Rajiv Tuli, in-charge of the RSS media unit in Delhi, told PTI, “No RSS worker was there at the time. If somebody feels that there was some high-handedness, then there is the option of inquiry, law. Police must have done whatever they found was appropriate.”

Bassi said a probe has been ordered. “As soon as I was informed about the video, I spoke to Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deepak Mishra, who later asked Joint Commissioner (Central range) S K Gautam to look into the matter. We will see if there was any indiscretion. We shall also talk to some of the eyewitnesses, apart from analysing the content of the video,” Bassi said.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal termed the video “disturbing”. The women’s body Monday sent a notice to the Delhi Police asking why no women personnel were present during the protest. “It is observed in the video that no female police personnel are present at the time of the incident and the male police personnel are beating up protesters and seem to be ‘supporting’ the men in civil clothes who are also beating up female protesters,” stated the notice.

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First Published on: February 2, 2016 3:26 am
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    Aap
    Feb 2, 2016 at 2:01 am
    Till date politicians were playing divide and rule card. Now police too got involved into it.
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      Sirius
      Feb 1, 2016 at 12:36 pm
      Please peion the SC or facilitate a legislation in Parliament to this effect !
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        Sirius
        Feb 1, 2016 at 12:38 pm
        SC came to his aid and prevented his arrest. Otherwise your kin were baying for his blood ...
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          Sirius
          Feb 1, 2016 at 12:35 pm
          Then, why did WB police deny BJP law-makers access to Kalia-Chak even though they were unarmed ? And,why did WB Police and Bihar Police *authorize* the protests in Malda and Purnea respectively, because as per police manual, it was illegal to protest with arms ?
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            Srividya Jayaraman
            Feb 2, 2016 at 1:16 am
            It's a fact Rohit was involved in Anti national activities. It's time now CBI should start investigate it and make it public so Th a t.people like you will shut your mouth once and for all.
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              Srividya Jayaraman
              Feb 2, 2016 at 1:22 am
              Why should Delhi police be handed.over to Delhi government so that Delhi government can misuse it more. Must one .It the aaptard. Kejriwal along with supporters.like you should be out behind bars.for supporting nonse. The protesters were throwing stones at police personnel.
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                Srividya Jayaraman
                Feb 2, 2016 at 1:19 am
                You also.see the other video. They broke the barricade and throw stone a t.police. Don't police personnel.have family?
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                  Srividya Jayaraman
                  Feb 1, 2016 at 9:09 am
                  Like gmother gson will start the emergency rule.
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                    Srividya Jayaraman
                    Feb 1, 2016 at 8:25 am
                    What did the same police did when the protesters.for protesting for nirbhaya case during congress.rule. They and AAP have deliberately released.the video just to Modi in negative.way. AAP.also.wanted to divert the issue of MCD garbage.
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                      Srividya Jayaraman
                      Feb 1, 2016 at 9:06 am
                      Where were you when the same police was beating the peaceful protestors of Norbhaya under Congress rule.
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                        Lybi
                        Feb 2, 2016 at 10:29 am
                        So, if some minister commits a decision and we want to protest. We can protest in front of rotary club, because the minister is a member of the club. How funny!!
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                          MyTake
                          Feb 2, 2016 at 1:27 am
                          RSS has a case to sue media for defaming it every time by linking it with something in a demeaning way. Here RSS office seems to be a culprit and an involved party with something right or wrong, which is yet to be decided.
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                            Raja
                            Feb 1, 2016 at 7:50 pm
                            These are the signs of intolerance of left political parties and student unions. They are unable to tolerate a government different from their ideology.
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                              Saurabh
                              Feb 2, 2016 at 10:30 am
                              No need of enemies if we have police like this.
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                                Saurabh
                                Feb 2, 2016 at 10:28 am
                                Typical bhakt replying ...... you r this, u r that,,, go to pak.... Bla bla bla....
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                                  Saurabh
                                  Feb 1, 2016 at 9:01 am
                                  Delhi police should know to stay within law, people's anger is mounting day by day. We have lost faith in Delhi police, now a days, it better to protect ourselves Delhi police is not going to protect. Chulu bhaar pani main duub maro....
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                                    Saurabh
                                    Feb 1, 2016 at 8:13 pm
                                    Thulla raj!!
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                                      Saurabh
                                      Feb 1, 2016 at 11:19 am
                                      Cowardly behavior of " thullas"
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                                        Saurabh
                                        Feb 1, 2016 at 11:04 am
                                        Read Article 16(4) of the consution. The�Consution�of�India�in Article 19(1) (b) guarantees "the�right�to emble peaceably without arms". Police manual says" if protest is peaceful, unarmed and not damaging public property then USE OF FORCE IS UNAUTHORIZED "
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                                          Saurabh
                                          Feb 1, 2016 at 11:09 am
                                          Was he killed or even jailed for commenting?
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                                            Saurabh
                                            Feb 1, 2016 at 11:07 am
                                            You spreading plain lies. Using same comments again and again in each article related to this issue.
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